Words by Lorraine Corcoran, Co-Founder Nyrah Beauty
BREAKOUTS: Beyond the Surface
Breakouts, a ubiquitous skincare concern that often leads us to question the products we use. As a skincare enthusiast for ingredients research and products developer, I've encountered diverse scenarios where breakouts weren't solely influenced by topical applications. Let's dive into the unexpected factors contributing to breakouts.
Hormonal Rollercoaster: A Personal Discovery
At 22, severe breakouts led me to blame a holiday sunscreen. Yet, deeper exploration uncovered the impact of hormonal tablets and antibiotics. Gut health and hormonal changes, often overlooked, emerged as common triggers for breakouts.
Common Culprits Unveiled:
- Stripping the skin with harsh products can worsen breakouts. Opt for gentle exfoliation and a balanced cleansing routine.
- Hormonal shifts during various life stages and conditions like PCOS and endometriosis can trigger breakouts. Research has linked the sebaceous glands to the endocrine system, referring to the former as the “brain of the skin.”
- Stress-related hormones can spike such as cortisol and adrenaline, adrenal glands produce less progesterone – which is a natural anti-anxiety substance, leading to oil overproduction and slowed cell turnover. Combat stress with deep breathing and skincare routines.
- Pollution, weather changes, and seasonal variations can impact your skin. Adapt your routine with exfoliation to defend against breakouts.
- UV radiation dehydrates skin, prompting excess oil production. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF (minimum 30) for protection.
- Smoking, under-cleansing, tight clothing, and certain medications can affect breakouts. Opt for non-pore-clogging products.
- Sugary, refined foods may trigger excess oil production. Stick to whole grains and antioxidant-rich foods for clearer skin.
- The relationship between diet and breakouts is complex, with no universal solution. Each body reacts differently.
Navigating the Breakout Puzzle: What Can You Do?
Maintain a Daily Diary:
Track activities, emotions, diet, and product usage to identify patterns related to breakouts.
Recognize that everyone's skin is unique. Seek advice from qualified skincare specialist or dermatologist for personalized solutions.
In Conclusion: Seek Professional Guidance
If decoding the cause of your breakouts feels like a puzzle, remember, skincare is as individual as you are. Consult skincare professionals, just as you would with a mechanic for a car issue. Your skin deserves personalized attention and care. Let's unravel the breakout mystery together! 💖✨ #NyrahBeauty #SkincareJourney #BreakoutSolutions